I wasn't sure which board to post this to, and I'm only half sure that the responses will be what I'm looking for, but here goes:
I have been going to Vegas regularly for the last 2 years after a ten-year hiatus. I've progressed from BS to a EZ counting system of my own design, then to Hi/Lo without TC conversion, and now to KO. Since I began counting Hi/Lo, I've only had one losing trip, and that was in Louisiana.
I want to point out my observations, and hope that they will initiate discussions that will help me in my future endeavors. For reference, you can search my posts on the Vegas BJ board and the USA South board. I have always preferred SD games, and my EZ count system was based on SD.
Since I have learned KO, I have decided that it works best for 2-deck games. In my opinion in SD games the key count is too close to 0 in Hi/Lo. On the other hand, in 6-deck games you have to wait way too long to get the key count to come up, and especially in bad pen that hurts your bet strategy.
I understand that playing strategy can make a difference in EV, but even as basic a play variation as insurance I've been creamed at over and over, when I make the bet in a way positive count.
In my practice sessions at home, even in positive counts, cards tend to come up in +/- pairs, and "wild" cards (eights & nines in KO) change everything.
I have read through the math of the posts here, and respect all the results of the sims, and the posters who take the time to post their results.
I guess what I'm asking is four-fold - how good was my EZ count system vs regular counts in SD, can you use KO for 6D efficiently, am I right that K-O is most efficient for 2D, and is betting strategy worth learning for KO (or any other counting system) if you don't play all the time?
I'd even guess I'm looking for even more insight than the above dictates, but that's a start.
Thanks for all responses.